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You’ve participated in Next Steps programming, accepted your letter of offer, registered for course and have gotten the hang of video conferencing software like Webex. Now it’s time to complete UM Essentials!

Complete UM Essentials 

UM Essentials, along with other orientation activities, like Math Bootcamp and Prep Week, is intended to help you prepare for your studies at the University of Manitoba.

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Discover your first year supports 

We don't expect you to figure everything out in your first few days. Explore these resources to help you all year long -- with academics, your career options, campus life, recreation, and more.

Fall welcome events for all new students

Attend these orientation events and start your university year with confidence.

  • Summer University Advantage (August)

    Enrol in this popular 3 credit hour course to help you transition to your new learning environment. You will learn the principles of learning and memory, critical thinking, and academic writing, all of which are essential to success at university.

  • Welcome events for specific faculties (September)

    Many faculties have their own welcome events for new students. If you are joining a faculty that hosts a separate event, you will receive an email with the details before the school term starts. Please contact your faculty directly if you have questions.

More orientation events

Many other groups host orientation events for students. We invite you to attend as many of these events as you find helpful.

Contact us

If you have questions about Orientation events, please contact

Volunteer at orientation events

Online Orientation Facilitator!

Online Orientation Facilitators are volunteers who work with the Orientation Team and the Orientation Team Leaders to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for new students throughout online orientation programming.

This is a new position and offers exciting opportunities to connect with other students and build your skills! Check out our FAQs below for more info!

Online Orientation Facilitator Applications are now closed for 2021 orientation events.

What’s involved with being an Online Orientation Facilitator? What are the benefits?

As an Online Orientation Facilitator, you will… 

  • Support a group of new students in UM Essentials (the online Orientation course through UM Learn). 
  • Host live sessions to welcome new students and provide information. 
  • Foster interaction between new students by facilitating activities and encouraging conversation. 
  • Share appropriate first-year experiences and information about available campus resources with new students. 
  • Participate in Orientation events such as Prep Week and Welcome Day by hosting student-led sessions.  
  • Act as a positive ambassador for the University of Manitoba and our community. 

Skill Development Focus: 

  • Interpersonal skills 
  • Verbal & written communication 
  • Problem-solving 
  • Working as part of a team 
  • Public speaking 
  • Virtual event facilitation 

Additional Benefits: 

  • Make connections on campus & with your peers 
  • Participate in monthly virtual volunteer activities throughout the summer & post-orientation wrap-up event 
  • Get co-curricular (CCR) recognition for your contributions

What are the dates and activities I need to be available for?


  • Initial Training/Meet the Team – Friday, May 28, 6:00 – 9:00 PM 
  • Additional online training/module completion (privacy, accessibility, sexual violence) - completed on own time end of May/beginning of June 
  • Completion of UM Essentials – completed on own time end of May/beginning of June 
  • Event-specific training (Prep Week/Welcome Day): August 24th, 6:00 - 8:00 PM 


  • Engage with an assigned group of new students in UM Essentials (approx. 1 hour per week) - June – September 
  • Host one virtual meet-up per month (30-60 minutes) – July, August, September, dates chosen by volunteers 
  • Attend monthly orientation meeting (6:00 – 8:00 PM) – June 30 (W), July 23 (F), August 11 (W), October 1 (F) 
  • Attend the following programing: 
  • Prep Week: Monday, August 30 – Friday, September 3 
  • Welcome Day: Tuesday, September 7 
  • Program evaluation survey: due Sunday, September 19th 

All events and activities will be held online until further notice.

What is the time commitment for this role?

This position is different from previous years and students volunteers can expect to contribute 50-60 hours to this role (between May - October 2021). 

Am I eligible to apply for the Online Orientation Facilitator position?

To be eligible to volunteer with orientation, students must be: 

  • Currently registered as a University of Manitoba student at the undergraduate level on the Fort Garry Campus 
  • Have a minimum one year of study at the U of M (successful completion of 18 credit hours or more prior to Summer 2021) 
  • Continuing as a registered University of Manitoba student in Fall 2021. 
  • In good academic standing (which, for the purposes of orientation, is defined as having a minimum GPA of 2.0 for the last three academic terms). Note that confirmation of GPA is part of the selection process. 
  • In good conduct standing based on the University of Manitoba’s Behavioural Policies. Additional details are available on the application form. 

How do I apply for the Online Orientation Facilitator position?

Application Process:

  • Complete the application form here (Deadline: May 9th at 11:59 PM)
  • Following your application, you will be invited to participate in an interview (held in mid May).

Orientation Team Leaders

Orientation Team Leaders (OTLs) are volunteers who work with the Orientation Team Staff to recruit, engage, and support Online Orientation Facilitators prior to and throughout orientation. They are integral to the coordination and smooth operation of orientation programming on campus.

Being an OTL is an intensive volunteer experience (approximately a 100-hour commitment) where students can expect to develop valuable skills in communication, team work, and leadership.

OTL Applications are now closed for 2021 orientation events.

Are you interested in becoming an OTL in the future?